With £1.2 million raised to date through the generosity of many individual donors, fundraising activities and some Trust funding – work is set to commence on Phase 1 of the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal project.
During winter 2017/18, construction of a new entrance will begin, providing a lift which will allow access to the first floor for people of all abilities. This significant milestone is the motivation to keep going! And preparations are also being made for Phase 2, with office space being relocated and adjustments being made for staff in the Welcome Centre. However, we still need a further £1.5 million to complete Phase 2, which includes significant renovation and insulation of the bedrooms, upgrading of utility services and – working in partnership with Iona Renewables and Historic Environment Scotland – the installation of a renewable-energy heating system.
So, now it’s time for us all to pull together and complete the task at hand. If you have not donated to the Appeal yet, would you consider making a donation to bring us closer to our target? And if you have already given, would you consider making another donation to help Phase 2 happen? Also, can you please continue to uphold the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal in prayer? In the words of the Prayer of the Iona Community:
O God, who gave to your servant Columba
the gift of courage, faith and cheerfulness,
and sent people forth from Iona
to carry the word of your gospel to every creature,
grant, we pray, a like spirit to your church,
even at this present time.
Further in all things the purpose of our community,
that hidden things may be revealed to us,
and new ways found to touch the hearts of all.
May we preserve with each other
sincere charity and peace,
and if it be your holy will
grant that this place of your abiding be continued still
to be a sanctuary and a light.
Through Jesus Christ. Amen
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